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  • A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers.
    Monarch fueling up for migration. Photo by Lilibeth Serrano, USFWS.

    Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

    June 17, 2015 | 3 minute read

    Monarch populations have drastically declined over the past several years. To advance efforts to save this beautiful orange and black butterfly and its habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) are joining forces with a new cooperative agreement over the next two years to benefit the Monarch butterfly. Since 1988, WHC has promoted habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education.  Read the full story...

  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing
    Information icon Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

    Service announces public hearings on proposal to delist Louisiana black bear

    June 12, 2015 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding two public hearings in Louisiana to give the public opportunities to comment on its May 21, proposal to delist the Louisiana black bear. The Service is seeking comments regarding biological data, relevant data concerning any threats, and the extent of federal and state protection and management that would be provided to the bear as a delisted species. Other requested comments concern current or planned activities that may impact or benefit the bear.  Read the full story...

  • A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.
    Information icon A monarch butterfly on a purple plant with bright colors in the background. Photo by Christine Lisiewski.

    Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

    June 2, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Washington, D.C. — The monarch butterfly, Topeka shiner and gopher tortoise are among the imperiled species that will benefit from $5.7 million in grants to 11 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants focus on large-scale conservation projects to conserve and recover species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. They will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners.  Read the full story...

  • A bald eagle strewn on the grass laying on its back.
    Poisoned eagle in Louisiana. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement.

    $11,000 reward offered for information in death of bald eagles in Plaquemine, Louisiana

    May 28, 2015 | 3 minute read

    Federal and state wildlife officers are investigating the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles in Iberville parish, Louisiana, last month. A reward of up to $11,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $5,000; The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000; and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Operation Game Thief program is offering $1,000.  Read the full story...

  • Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.
    Louisiana black bear cubs. Photo by Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal announce proposal to remove Louisiana black bear from endangered species list

    May 20, 2015 | 5 minute read

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Thanks to a highly successful public-private partnership spanning more than two decades, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the Louisiana black bear – the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” – from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “The Louisiana black bear symbolizes how the Endangered Species Act can be a remarkably effective tool to protect and recover threatened and endangered species when we work in close partnership with states and other stakeholders,” Jewell said.  Read the full story...

  • An injured bald eagle crouched in a field.
    Information icon The gunshot wounds to the eagle were too severe for survival so this representative of our national symbol had to be euthanized. Photo by Adam Caughern.

    $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

    March 31, 2015 | 2 minute read

    SHREVEPORT, LA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found near Cavett River Road in Gilliam, Louisiana. The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this unlawful act.  Read the full story...

  • Coiled up black pinesnake on grass.
    Black pinesnake. Photo by Jim Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

    Service proposes to designate Critical Habitat and announces re-opening of comment period on proposed listing of black pinesnake

    March 10, 2015 | 18 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the black pinesnake under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A proposed rule to list the black pinesnake as threatened was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014. At the same time, the Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat designation. The public is invited to submit comments on all of these actions through a 60-day comment period ending May 11, 2015.  Read the full story...

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